From our friends over at Experimental Farm Network:
“BIG NEWS! It’s official, folks: we are now recruiting participants to join the Experimental Farm Network! We have every intention of turning this into the biggest citizen-science project in history because we believe the future depends on it. Whether you are a novice gardener or an experienced farmer, we want you. Whether you are an experienced university plant-breeder or a passionate amateur permaculturalist, we need you. As long as you believe it’s up to all of us to build a better world together, you belong on our team. Please fill out this form today and share widely!”
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NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION TO STOP THE DARK ACT–DEMAND MANDATORY GMO LABELING
WHEN: February 9-13
For more information go to http://www.gmofreenj.com/darkact/
When: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Collingswood Public Library 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, New Jersey 08108
FROM SEED SAVING TO FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
GMO Free NJ welcomes farmers Nate Kleinman and Dusty Hinz, founders of the Experimental Farm Network (EFN) for a special workshop on seed starting and food sovereignty. The EFN, a New Jersey nonprofit organization, is an open network aimed at reversing climate change by collaboratively developing the crops and agricultural systems of the future.
The class will start with a community seed exchange; participants are encouraged to bring seeds collected from this past harvest. The practical part of the workshop will focus on proper storage of seeds, seed starting and care of seedlings. Attendees will also hear Nate and Dusty’s thoughts on how seed saving is related to food sovereignty and the movement toward a new paradigm of fair and sustainable agriculture. Find out how current policy issues impact our food choice freedom and learn what you can do about it. Discover how the work done in one’s own garden can help empower communities and create true food justice.
A selection of rare seeds from EFN will be available for purchase.
This event is free and open to the public
Saturday, January 17, 10am-2pm
Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood
Learn more: gmofreenj.com
When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:30pm – 8:45pm
Where: Jackson Public Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, NJ
GMO, OMG! FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
Don’t miss this engaging documentary about the health and environmental effects of genetically engineered foods, also known as GMOs.
GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate?
Following the film, speakers from GMO Free NJ will lead a discussion on the issues surrounding GMOs, answer questions and provide an update on the effort to enact a GMO labeling law in NJ. There will be a door prize, so wear your lucky socks!
Free and open to the public
When: Thursday, 18 December 2014, 6:30 – 8:00PM
Where: Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, New Jersey 08108
Don’t miss the annual GMO Free NJ holiday celebration.
There will be music, conversation and COOKIES! From 6:30-7:00 we will have a holiday cookie exchange. Participation in the cookie swap is optional–bring a batch of your favorite non-GMO cookies to share (along with an ingredients list) and leave with a variety pack! And don’t worry! Even if you don’t bring cookies you may snack on some anyway.
From 7-8pm we’ll hatch plans for 2015 and discuss the latest on GMO labeling legislation so bring your ideas for ways to spread awareness across the state of New Jersey and beyond. There will be plenty of time to mix and mingle.
Free and open to the public–bring a friend!
When: Thursday, 20 November 2014 – 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Where: Collingswood Libary – 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 – 856-858-0649
When: Monday, 27 October 2014 7PM-9PM
Where: Atlantic County Library System / Galloway Townshp Branch 300 E Jimmie Leeds Rd, Galloway, New Jersey 08205
NEW JERSEY: ALL HANDS ON DECK! It’s time to make our right to know the law in NJ. The Assembly State and Local Government Committee will be holding a vote on GMO labeling this Thursday. We need a strong presence at this vote so our elected officials can see first hand how much people care about knowing what is in the food they are eating.
WE NEED TO KNOW IS IT’S GMO – JOIN US:
State House Annex, 4th Floor, Room 11
125 W State St., Trenton, NJ 08608
Early meet in the Cafeteria 11:00am.
Please try to show up by 12:30pm to make sure you get a seat.
The agrichemical industry, Big Ag and Big Food are pulling out all the stops to shut down the GMO labeling bill. Please call Assembly Speaker Prieto at 877.235.6537 and tell him: “Thank you for your leadership on GMOs. Please do everything in your power to make sure the GMO labeling bill passes the committee on Thursday, and passes the full Assembly as soon as possible.”
Also please call the following co-sponsors who are on the committee to let them know we appreciate their leadership on the issue:
Assemblyman Conaway: 856.461.3997
Assemblyman Eustace: 201.576.9199
Assemblyman Auth: 862.248.0491
Assemblywoman Stender: 908.668.1900
When: Thursday, October 16 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Collingswood Public Library – 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, New Jersey 08108